Caring for babies feet

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Caring for baby's feet

We care passionately about babies feet.

Our mission is to help you give baby’s feet the best possible start from day one.  Looking after baby’s feet is just like looking after their teeth – proper maintenance at the start will help to prevent problems later.  Would you believe the average person living to the age of 80 will walk about 108,000 miles – that’s an awful lot of steps and unlike teeth you only get one set of feet so it’s even more important that they are properly cared for from day one.

Baby's developing feet

A baby's foot with its ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, nerves and bones, is one of the body's most complicated parts.  Only 22 of the 26 bones are present at birth; the four remaining bones develop throughout childhood, with complete formation at around 16 to 18 years old.

Baby feet allowed to develop naturally will have strong straight toes and robust flexible muscles. When walking posture is excellent with a natural heel to toe step. 

Sadly many baby feet today have been slightly deformed because of wearing footwear that restricts natural foot development.



Taking care of baby's feet
Babies feet are pliable and soft, easily deformed by abnormal pressure or force. It's important especially in the first year to make sure that the socks, shoes and bedclothes don't crush the feet and toes, allow feet plenty room to move around easily. Don't put your baby in a tight fitting baby grow or socks as this could cause their toes to curl, which can result in permanent damage to the growing bones. Instead use one without feet in and pop on loose fitting cotton socks.

Get into the habit of inspecting your baby or toddler's feet on a regular basis watching out for damage like blisters or toe nails that need trimmed. Always keep your baby’s feet clean and dry. A baby's foot perspires twice the rate of an adult's so only use socks and shoes made of a breathable, absorbent material such as cotton or natural leather.

Ensure every day your baby has barefeet time to exercise and move her feet and toes. Have fun by tickling your baby's feet and legs to help her to flex and stretch her foot muscles.



Barefoot is best
Going barefoot is essential for heathy foot development. Muscles in babys growing feet need to strengthen and is really important there is adequate space for toes to learn to grip and move around so that soft bones can develop in their proper position. During the first year in a baby’s life it is essential that a baby is barefoot for as often as possible.

There are times when going bearfoot is just not practical so when buying pre-walking shoes choose a very flexible sole, bend the shoe in your hand, checking it for flexibility. Ideally, you should be able to fold the shoe in half. What you are aiming for is to choose a shoe that mimics barefoot as much as possible made in lightweight cotton or very soft leather.

Don’t be tempted to purchase cheap dyed leather shoes, we can’t really stress this enough. The risks are just not worth it, often these shoes are made using cheap toxic dyes which if they get into baby skin will cause a nasty rash and could if chewed could be really dangerous, and we all know how much babies love to chew. Purchase recognised and established brands.

All OXXY leather soft soled baby shoes are made using all natural water-based dyes.

Toe room is not only important in making sure that baby’s feet have room to grow, but also baby needs to be able to wiggle toes freely. It’s best to have about ½ inch of space (or one finger width) in the toe area.




Shoes for crawling baby – Choose shoes that mimic barefoot
The ultimate gift you can give your child is healthy feet. Let them go barefoot as often as possible. We understand that it is not always practical so when you do put shoes on your children’s feet make sure the shoe is mimicking the benefits your child experiences bare foot.

All OXXY, and other Zippytots brand shoes from our soft sole range of baby shoes have been carefully selected to nurture, be gentle and mimic the benefits of barefeet.

Please visit our shoe sizing guide so you can ensure you put your child in shoes that fit best.


First walking shoes for Baby
When your toddler starts learning to walk indoors, still allow her walk barefoot, as this allows the feet to further develop and strengthen further without restriction. Once your baby can take a few steps confidently and may be walking outdoors buy shoes from a shop with trained staff who will measure your child's feet for length and width. Choose shoes that give stability and protection to the feet. An ideal shoe should be soft and flexible, and a fully adjustable fastening for a snug fit.

Have the shoes checked every six to eight weeks as feet grow, on average, two full sizes (18mm) a year until four or five years of age when growth starts to slow down. This growth is intermittent, so regular checks are essential.